July 12, 2017
Pay What You Can, Suggested Donation $10
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The Studio@620 is excited to welcome the Jeff Crompton Trio for the first time to our stage. The Jeff Crompton Trio, whose members are based in Atlanta and Chattanooga, play original, uncompromising 21st-century jazz. The trio’s Magic Word album, released in December, 2016, made Creative Loafing’s “Top 10 Atlanta Albums of 2016” list – the only jazz album to do so. The members of the trio combine years of experience playing all types of music with a commitment to pushing the boundaries of each performance in order to find new possibilities in the music each time it’s played.
“This is what a 21st century jazz trio should sound like. Jeff Crompton (alto sax), Evan Lipson (bass), and Bob Stagner (drums), bound by a deep immersion in an evolving, more than century-old art form, play like men possessed.” – Doug DeLoach, Creative Loafing
Jeff Crompton has been writing and playing his off-center original music in Atlanta and the southeast for over 30 years. Past musical associations include the Bazooka Ants, pianist/composer Michael J. Smith, Eugene Chadbourne, and the 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra. Recently Jeff has become more involved with more formal composition; his pieces have been performed by the Midtown Brass Quintet and pianist Robert Fleitz. He currently leads two other ensembles, the Edgewood Saxophone Trio and the unique saxophone/tuba/congas trio Three Way Mirror.
Bob Stagner is a legend of what has been called the “Old-Timey Southern Avant-Garde.” He founded The Shaking Ray Levis with his friend,
the late Dennis Palmer; that free improvisation ensemble was the first American group to record for the highly-regarded European free music label Incus.
Bob has collaborated with a dizzying variety of artists, including Derek Bailey and Rev. Howard Finster. In addition to his work with freer forms of
music, Bob plays with country artist Roger Alan Wade and the Last Band.